Michelle Gainey has been making her mark in Atlanta and beyond since 2004 as the founder of Lemiga Events. If love is in the details, planning weddings and events is truly a labor of love for Michelle. Recognized in 2010 by Occasions Magazine, as one of ‘Atlanta’s 10 Most Influential Event Planners’, Michelle is widely sought for her creativity, expertise, and ability to translate her client’s vision into a stylish and perfectly executed event. Just see how her talents are displayed in this soft but sleek styled shoot, focused on the romantic color combination of grey and garden rose. Images courtesy of Vue Photography.
What inspired Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events? “The theme is City Chic Summer Romance, inspired largely by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. We wanted the overall look and feel to be classic but with a modern take. We wanted to capture the softness and romance of being in love in the summer but also the sleekness and sexiness of being in the City. We incorporated into the wedding design elements like tufted vintage furniture, custom chair covers, acrylic, and stationery pieces with classic calligraphy paired with a modern graphic pattern.”
When we first laid eyes on Michelle’s table design, our thoughts were: elegant, intimate dinner party – namely because of the grey tent and centerpiece. We’re proponents of tenting smaller parties, or even multiple tents for a bigger party, with sheer draping like this one from Event Drapery. The color and transparency are perfectly cozy and chic. In the same way, the assortment of size, shape and color of vases on the table give the impression that a stylish host pulled the look together with items from her own décor collection.
At each place setting, the guest’s name in beautiful pink calligraphy was placed on a square graphic pattern napkin wrap, and festive table numbers were placed inside acrylic holders, with the silhouette of –who else?– Marie Antoinette. Thinking outside of the traditional photo prop, Michelle created “Je t’aime” sign for the couple to pose with. Pretty adorable if you ask us, and we adore the slightly animated feel of the design.
Mimicking the fanciful ruffles, feminine beading and delicate rhinestones of the E. Lebron gown that the model is wearing, For Goodness Cakes created a stunning confection that would make Marie Antoinette jealous. No bridal dress included on your special day? Party dresses and/or signature styles alike (Louboutin heels, anyone?) make for fantastic cake design inspiration.
Our favorite clever detail that Michelle dreamed up was, without question her place cards. The escort cards were displayed on a mirrored table, with a sign that read, “Eat Cake, Have a Seat.” Guests names were displayed on tiny flags, displaying intricate calligraphy, stuck inside of pink French macaroons. Once guests take a bite out of the treat, table numbers are revealed — printed on the silver macaroon wrapper. C’est Magnifique!
The Design Team
Design & Planning: Lemiga Events | Photography: Vue Photography | Floral: Edge Design Group | Linen: I Do Linens | Stationery: Foglio Press | Calligraphy: MM Ink | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Drape: Event Drapery | Lighting: Unique Event Management | Settee: Settee – Event Décor Rentals | Acrylic Rentals: Tentlogix | Chandelier: Magnum Companies | Chargers: BBJ Linen | Tableware & Floor: We Rent Atlanta | Tent: Classic Tents & Events | Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West | Venue: Millennium Gate | Gown: E. Lebron | Menswear: The Modern Gent